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There are many reasons the City of Minot is switching to an automated system, including:
Worker safety. Sanitation crews will no longer be subjected to the harsh elements of North Dakota’s weather, and the automated system will greatly reduce the number of on-the-job injuries to workers. Under the current system, crew members face a number of potential injuries, including slips, trips, falls, hazardous chemicals, and scrapes and cuts from broken glass, needles, and nails. Nationally, solid waste and recycling collection workers are three times more likely to be killed on the job than fire fighters and policemen, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Sanitation claims account for 22 percent of Workforce Safety and Insurance claims, although sanitation employees account for only 4 percent of the workforce.
Efficiency. Sanitation crews will be doing the same amount of work or more with fewer people, which will save the City of Minot money in the long term. The basic $16.22 monthly fee for sanitation services in 2017 would have been approximately the same regardless of whether or not the City transitioned to automated sanitation pickup.
Cleanliness: With household garbage being contained in the new carts, there will be less debris blowing around the city, and there will no longer be unsightly piles of garbage sitting on the curb. In addition, animals will no longer be able to tear open bags of trash. The new containers are also built to be resistant to tipping over in windy conditions, reducing the amount of trash being blown around by the wind.
This is the first step for the City of Minot to provide curbside recycling. The City will now have the trucks necessary to implement a curbside recycling collection program in the future.
The City of Minot will begin using the new automated trucks on July 17, 2017. The new trash containers will be delivered to Minot households July 8-16, with a total of 12,500 containers delivered to residents.
The new sanitation trucks purchased by the City of Minot will drive up next to your new waste container, use mechanical arms to lift the container, empty the contents into the truck, and return the container to the ground. The trucks are operated by one person, who can perform the job without being exposed to the elements of a North Dakota winter or other times of bad weather.
The new trash containers provided by the City of Minot are available in three sizes: 35 gallons, 65 gallons, 95 gallons. Unless they notified the City which size they preferred, residents will be provided with the standard 65-gallon container. Click here to request a cart swap.
Yes. The City of Minot will provide a valet service for elderly or handicapped residents that may have a medical issue that inhibits them from rolling their cart to the curb. Those residents can call the Public Works Department at 857-4140 to obtain an application. Please complete and return the application, signed by a physician, to Public Works for review. In these cases, the driver of the collection truck will come to the house to retrieve the resident’s collection cart, and return the empty cart to the house.
Collection carts cannot be left by the curb on a permanent basis. Waste carts cannot be placed for collection prior to 6 p.m. the day before collection. Carts should be set out by 7 a.m. on the day of collection, and should be removed from the collection point before 10 p.m. on the day of collection. All waste must be put in bags before being placed into the containers. Waste containers must be placed on the curb or pavement edge. Waste carts must be placed within three feet of the alley where access is not impeded by garages, fences, cars, telephone poles, or other obstructions.
Residents will be required to keep the cart that was chosen or assigned during the survey period for 90 days before being allowed to swap the container for another size. After 90 days, residents can change to a smaller or larger unit. Once per calendar year, residents will be able to swap their containers for a different size for free. There will be a $30 fee assessed for each additional swap thereafter. Click here to request a cart swap.
Trash collection carts damaged by collection crews will be replaced at no charge. If a cart is damaged by the resident, it is the resident’s responsibility to pay for the replacement container. City sanitation crews will deliver the new carts to residents.
No. All approved waste must be placed inside the carts provided by the City. Any waste left curbside in other containers will not be collected by city crews.
City residents currently pay a monthly fee of $16.22 for garbage collection. If you use the standard 65-gallon container, your fee will remain $16.22. If you requested a 95-gallon container, your monthly fee will be $17.72. If you requested a 35-gallon container, your monthly fee will be $14.72.
Yes, but there are some guidelines. Only tree branches and trimmings cut by the homeowner will be picked up curbside. Branches must be cut and bundled in 6 foot (or less) lengths. Do not place tree branches or trimmings in the City of Minot waste containers. *Update* Tree branch piles will be picked up throughout the week as time permits. Set them out on your scheduled collection day, and the operator will schedule a pick up within the next few days. Tree piles that are deemed excessive will not be hauled by sanitation crews.
Yes, but there are some guidelines. Residents must call Public Works at 857-4140 to schedule bulk item collection. There is a $10 fee for each bulk item collected curbside. The fee will be added to your monthly bill. Bulk items include couches, end tables, computer desks, beds, bookcases, lawnmowers, snow blowers, appliances, and barbeque grills. Items the City will not collect include all building materials, carpet, boxes, sheet rock, kitchen cabinets, concrete, windows, fences, siding, TVs, computers, bricks, dirt, tires, or shingles.
The City will not collect paint, paint cans, stain, car batteries, ashes, propane tanks, hazardous waste, motor oil, construction debris, concrete, bricks, dirt, rocks, or building materials. These items can be disposed of at the City of Minot landfill. The City sanitation crews do not collect grass clippings or other yard waste, which can be brought for free to one of the 10 collection sites in the city or directly to the city landfill.
Yes. As always, waste will not be collected on New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Christmas Day, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving Day, Good Friday, Veteran’s Day, President’s Day, or Labor Day.
While the new automated system will reduce the garbage collection workforce from 20 employees to 10 employees, the Sanitation Department has prepared for the new system by not filling many open positions within the department. The 10 positions needed going forward will be filled by current employees of the department, and any workers displaced from the sanitation crews will have the opportunity to apply for and transfer to other positions with the City of Minot.
The City of Minot purchased six new trucks. Five trucks will be out on routes every day, with one serving as a backup for breakdowns, etc. The City has outfitted some current trucks to be semi-automated. Currently, the City has six trucks out on routes daily. Under the new system, there will still be six trucks out on routes every day: Five new, fully automated trucks with one crew member each, and one retro-fitted, semi-automated truck with a three-person crew.
There’s no guarantee when the city will begin a curbside recycling program, and preparing for recycling is just a small part of why the City is changing to the automated collection system. With the new automated trucks, the City will be ready to implement a curbside recycling program in the future. When that happens, garbage will be picked up once a week and recycling will be picked up once a week.
The total 2019 preliminary budget is $179,931,375, compared to $142,782,074 in 2018, an increase of $37,149,301 or 26.02%. The majority of this increase is almost entirely due to budgeting previously collected NAWS dollars from sales taxes. The increase to property taxes is from $22.6 million to $26.6 million to cover the City’s financial obligations to finance the local share of NAWS.
The 2019 Preliminary Budget will affect individual property owners differently. Property valuations have reduced for 2019. In 2018, the average home value was $182,000; the projected average for 2019 is $178,000. The median homeowner within the City of Minot with a home valued at $178,000 would see a property tax increase of approximately $161.91 per year or $13.49 per month to their City portion of their property tax bill.
Overall, the total impact to the property owners consolidated tax bill, which comes out in December, will be an increase of about 6%. One third of that bill will go to the City of Minot.
The 2019 Preliminary Budget continues adjustments that must be made to meet current challenges and future needs. The City has committed to several ambitious projects, including construction of two of the largest infrastructure projects in the City’s history: NAWS and flood control. Those two projects combined account for $400 million in new infrastructure over the coming years. Taking modest financial steps now to close revenue gaps will significantly lessen the financial and service level impacts to our citizens in the future. NAWS requires $4M annually in new funding to complete.
2019 is a second year of a major correction in funding for the City. In the past decade, the City lowered its tax rate by nearly 40% due to the record level of sales tax collections. Now that sales taxes have regressed the projects paid for using those funds (which were originally property tax activities) must be shifted back to property taxes. Furthermore, the 2019 budget must accommodate for the reinstatement of the Northwest Area Water Supply project and the added costs of flood protection. NAWS will now take 40% of the second penny of sales tax, money which had previously been used to subsidize property tax activities.
Here is how the increase can be broken down in the 2019 Budget:
A federal court ruling in August 2017 meant this important project could move forward after being delayed in court for many years. As part of the court decision, a water treatment facility, currently in the design phase, must be built near Max to accommodate the biota transfer concerns of Manitoba. That, in addition to rising costs to complete the project, means an additional $50 million in local cost share is now required over the next several years to fund the project. To accomplish this, the City must reallocate its use of the City’s second penny of sales tax, a portion of which had been used to help reduce property taxes. That change resulted in an increase to the mill levy of $4 million or 19.43 mills (roughly 85% of the proposed mill levy increase for 2019).
The Northwest Area Water Supply Project is a regional water source initiative to address long-standing water supply and quality problems experienced by residents of northern North Dakota. The $205-$277 million project has a cost share of 65% State (State Water Commission) and 35% Local (Minot). The NAWS project will be of sufficient size to deliver a maximum daily flow of 27 million gallons per day to nearly 80,000 residents. The water pipeline from Lake Sakakawea to Minot will be 45 miles of 30-inch and 36-inch diameter pipe. This pipeline includes a three-million-gallon water storage reservoir and a booster pump station with pretreatment facilities.
Since 2008, the City of Minot has been providing water from the City’s groundwater wells to the communities of Berthold, Burlington, Kenmare, Glenburn, Sherwood, Mohall, among others and to many future rural water systems. This was to ensure water quality for those regions. This was never intended as a permanent solution because groundwater in the Minot and Sundre aquifers is being withdrawn at levels that exceed sustainable rates. NAWS is designed to take pressure off of the major water sources by supplementing it with water from Lake Sakakawea. The project will also give the City a better treatment facility and a large water capacity to ensure resilience and supply for future growth.
The City had a substantial amount collected before voters decided to suspend collection of NAWS in 2011, but more is still needed. The City has about $30 million for the remainder of the project. However, the City will need an additional $50 million dollars to fully complete the project over the next five to eight years.
The City relies on a two percent sales tax to generate revenue to help pay for two large and important regional projects: NAWS and Flood Control. The City has committed half a percent of sales tax to flood control. Up until 2011, the City collected over $30 million for NAWS using a full percent of sales tax. Voters decided to suspend collecting for NAWS and use the 1% for Community Facilities (now Flood Control), Tax Relief, and Infrastructure because the project was delayed for litigation. Due to the shift of the NAWS collection the City must work to reduce the amount of sales tax allocations for Flood Control, Tax Relief, and Infrastructure to finish paying for the NAWS project, that reduction equals $4 million dollars.
Few people know the tax rate for the City of Minot dropped by 30% from 2011 to 2017 resulting in a property tax savings of over $56 million for property owners. Meanwhile, the historic growth of the City caused the value of a property owner’s investment to double. The average price of a home in Minot went from $96,800 in 2006 to $190,000 in 2016 (an increase of over 96%). Due to an increase in the value of the property owner’s investment, the reductions in property tax rate was slightly offset with the rise in property values. Because the rate of the rise in value was greater than the reduction in the tax rate, several property owners still saw a very modest increase in dollars paid as taxes. The impact of the city’s reduction in tax rate was only on one third of tax bills.
The City was able to accomplish this reduction in property tax rates by using historic sales tax collections to subsidize property taxes. Currently, the City has more than 50% of direct and indirect property tax relief subsidized by sales taxes. As sales tax collections dropped off, the ability to apply tax relief was reduced, causing a reduction in the dollar amount of tax relief.
The property tax levy proposed for 2019 is 129.26 mills, compared to 106.46 in 2018, for an increase of 22.80 mills. (About $4 million)
The 2019 preliminary budget is based on the value of the 2018 mill, as there is a one-year lag in the mill value. The value of one mill in 2019 is estimated at $205,920 compared to $212,053 in 2018, which means more mills must be allocated to raise the same amount of money.
A mill is the rate in which property taxes are calculated. A mill’s value is .1% of the total City property valuations. This number will change based on the value of commercial and residential property in the City of Minot.
Property taxes account for only 14.79% of the overall City budget. In the 2019 Proposed City Budget for 2019, the average household property tax allocation to the City would be $1,035.37. Here’s how that will be distributed:
It has increased by $290,218 from 2018. When capital expenditures and grant receipts are removed from the budget, the operating budget has decreased by $4.6 million from FY18 to FY19. The City has implemented five-year budget modeling to provide long-term projections for revenues. For 2019, all Department Heads were instructed to develop minimalistic budgets while preserving the service levels the citizens of Minot have come to expect.
The City has incorporated numerous budget efficiencies and cost avoidance strategies that saved $78 million over the past four years alone. Those savings came from the City deferring capital improvement projects, extending the life of vehicles and equipment, reducing the workforce, negotiating better contract terms, and auctioning unnecessary equipment.
After eliminating 20 positions in 2018, the 2019 budget includes a request for 3 FT positions and changing one position from part time to full time. City staffing levels continue to be thin. The national average for local government FTEs per capita is 145.3 per 10,000 of population, while the North Dakota average is 142 FTEs per 10,000 of population. The City of Minot is running a per capita ratio of 84.8 per 10,000 of population.
There are no changes to the sanitation, cemetery, water, or transit bus rates. Monthly flat rates for sewer rose from $6.52 to $7.04, while sewer usage rates rose from $2.77 to $2.99 per 100 cubic feet. The average residential customer would see an increase of $3.16 per month in their sewer bill.
City Manager Tom Barry presented the 2019 Preliminary Budget to the City Council on August 6th. The members of the Committee of the Whole, which is also the entire City Council, will hold a Budget Questions and Answers session on August 28th at 4:15 p.m. in Room 201 of the Auditorium. City Council President Mark Jantzer will present his budget message on September 4th. The City Council will hold a special public hearing at 6:30 p.m. in Council chambers on September 18th for the budget’s first reading. Another special Council meeting will be held September 25th at 6:30 p.m. in Council chambers to approve the 2019 Budget on second reading. All meetings are open to the public.
To learn about all phases of the Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Project, visit the project website
AAA Fingerprinting has moved to 1602 4th Ave NW Suite B, Minot, ND 58703. Located in Carrie Francis Law Office. Across the street from Adult Learning Center and Loaf n Jug. On the corner of 4th Ave NW and 16th Street NW. Effective September 9th, 2017!
If you bring your own applicant card(s) - $10.00/card. If you need to use my applicant card (s), you will be charged $1.00/card in addition to the $10.00/card printing charge. Must provide a government issued photo ID. (driver's license, passport, etc.)
* Most people require two sets of prints (2 cards). One card for the FBI and one card for the BCI. No checks, no credit cards, please bring exact cash. Fees are subject to change
** Visit the website below to view the most current information.
Fingerprinting Days, Times and Costs: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00pm - 6:00PM
**AAA Fingerprinting will NOT be open on holidays unless otherwise specified.
Point of Contact: Val Potter
Address: 1602 4th Ave NW Suite B, Minot, ND 58703
Animal Control Officers are on duty Mondays & Saturdays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and Tuesday through Friday from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm. 701-857-9850
Household quantities of bulky and household items - items at the end of their useful life, such as appliances, furniture, junk, etc.
Items considered 'Household Hazardous Waste' will not be collected. This includes paint cans, oil containers, stains, varnishes, solvents, pesticides, herbicides, or car care products. An annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection is scheduled every spring for City of Minot Sanitation Customers.
Because the process is paid for through our citizen's collection fees, it is intended for reasonable household quantities related to spring/fall cleaning. The City will not take commercial quantities, large residential construction projects or large piles of tree stumps/branches.
Place your items by 7:00 am on your scheduled collection day. Place the items on the front yard boulevard. If you have alley collection your bin will still be picked up in the alley, but the extra materials will need to be on the boulevard. Please leave room around your garbage can so the trucks can pick up the can. Different crews will be coming by to pick up your extra trash.
If you miss your collection day or have additional waste you'd like to dispose of, the City of Minot Landfill will be waiving the fee for self-hauling during Spring/Fall Clean Up Week. Proof of residency such as a utility bill with current Minot address will be required for reasonable household quantities at no charge during this week. Commercial or large quantities can be hauled to the landfill during this time or at any time of the year for a reasonable fee.
In addition to the regular sanitation collection trucks, we have several pieces of equipment collecting various types of clean up week materials for proper disposal. Separation in the collection provides for recycling of metals/appliances, etc. so items will be picked up in varied timelines by the type and purpose of the equipment.
While the City will collect small quantities of branch clippings, large tree trunks and branch piles are difficult to handle for the City crews on clean up week. It takes all of our crews and equipment the entire week to collect the miscellaneous items and household quantities in a timely manner. Large tree and branch removal projects are the responsibility of the homeowner and should be contracted with private contractors who provide that level of service and have the appropriate equipment to dedicate to the project. Residents may self-haul any large quantities to the City Landfill if they wish.
Any time of the year, City of Minot garbage collection patrons can simply call in to request a bulk collection (i.e., furniture & appliances) for as little as $10 per item. Also, in July of each year a week of free dumping at the landfill will be offered with a utility bill.
If you live in an apartment you are serviced by a private hauler hired by the property owner. Residents with private collection will not be eligible to participate in the Spring or Fall Clean Up.